Hello...My wife and I will be going on our 10th RCCL cruise in October and I would have to say that the average age on an RCCL ship is probably 30 to 35 years of age. I'm sure that might vary depending upon itinerary, meaning that maybe a cruise to the Caribbean would attract more younger adults versus a cruise to Alaska. Princess Cruise lines average age is about 50, and Carnival is probably 25 to 30. If you love a lot of fun, great outdoor ship activities like the rock climbing wall, golf, jogging track, ice skating and so many other things such as shows, the casino, etc, RCCL is perfect for your age group. If you want a more laid back cruise go Princess. If you just love to party and drink almost non-stop, Carnival is the place.
Just back from the Mariner, Western Caribbean and we saw all ages. There were 45 newlywed couples and many celebrating over 50 years of marriage. At our dinner table we had 6 couples, from 26 to 59 y/o. It adveraged out to 42. We had a blast hanging out together. We did some excursions together, teamed up for all the games, went dancing and all 12 did Chops (specialty restaurant) together. Now we are exchanging emails and pictures. Age is just a number...right! Have a great time.
Teresa and Larry
#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
#37-Allure of the Seas 11/11/12
7 night Eastern Caribbean
In general I think RCCL entertainment targets 35-45 year olds. I think the average age probably is somewhere between 35-40. The other appenders are right. The longer the cruise, the older the crowd. Alaska will have an older clientele. If you go when school is out, expect a lot of families with children. The RCCL voyager-class ships sail with on average 1/3 of the passengers being children. In general I think anyone in their 20s-50's would enjoy RCCL. My inlaws are mid-60s and love them! I've been sailing them since my 30's and their still my favorite line (I've cruised RCCL, Princess, Carnival, Celebrity, and Costa).
Actually the "average" age for passengers on RCI ships is 49 yrs. The 'average' age on CCL is 47 yrs. That said you will see people from the age of as young as 18 months to 100 yrs old. Now I personally do not recommend cruising for anyone under the age of say 7 or 8 yrs as they don't get much out of it and I would be concerned about medical emergencies and problems with pediatrics. As for the aged folks, what the heck, gives them another adventure in thier life and Goid bless them for it.
As another data point, I cruised with with my 5 year old and she loved it. She thought the children's program was terrific. I've asked her if she wants to go to Orlando (Disney, Universal, Sea World) or take another cruise next year, and "take another cruise" has won every time. To be honest, this surprised me.
Jim, I disagree with your statement about young kids on a cruise. It depends on what you are looking for. I will say that I don't think very young kids(under 3)should not cruise, but that is only because it is so much work for the parents. The kids programs are not open to them, and the parents never get a break. My 7yo has been on 3 cruises, and can't wait for the next one. He is exposed to new foods and new places. He has a great time in the kids program, while I get to go and have some adult fun in the evening. He even likes the rccl kids program better than the Disney ship. that surprised me.
I understand what you are saying and I will not say that no child under the age of 7 should be on a cruise but most will not remember much of anything before the age of 5 or 6. I do agree that they have great kids programs and that it is an excellent way to introduce kids to other cultures etc. I just think it depends on the maturity level of the child as to how much they can absorb. I had one son that at age 3 he understood more than most pre-teens, (and probably teens come to think of it), and another step-son that would not have appreciated anything about the cruise except maybe the food or playing even as a older teenager. <G>